Women empowerment wins big at Golden Globes as Hollywood finally says #TimesUp

Almost all of Hollywood turned up at the 75th Golden Globe Awards dressed in black as a part of the Time’s Up initiative in support of people who have been sexually harassed at the workplace.

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Time’s Up logo

It was the night of the women as female-centric shows like ‘Big Little Lies’ scooped up most of the awards and Oprah became the first black woman to be honoured with the Cecil B DeMille Award.

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Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B DeMille award

Seth Meyers, who was hosting the ceremony, spared no one in his opening monologue as he took a jab at Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women, the current situation in Hollywood with the Me Too and Time’s Up movement, and jokingly encouraged Oprah to run for President.

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The night’s host Seth Meyers

The night was packed with powerful speeches, all focused on women and the ongoing sexual assault scandal in Hollywood as Oprah delivered the most motivating and inspiring speech of the night, making the whole room cheer and give her a standing ovation. She said, “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!”

This sentiment was echoed by other winners of the night as Laura Dern, winner of best supporting actress and Nicole Kidman, winner of best actress, both for Big Little Lies, gave some power packed speeches. Laura Dern said, “Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing, and that was normalized. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star.”

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Cast of Big Little Lies: Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley

It was not just about the winners as even the presenters of the night took a dig at the gender representation at the ceremony. Barbra Streisand expressed outrage at being the only female director to have won a Golden Globe back in 1984 while presenting. She said, “Folks, time’s up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director.”

Natalie Portman also made sure to address the issue subtly as she presented the award for best director by referring to the all-male nominees in the category. The gender wage gap issue was also highlighted as Geena Davis joked about how the men had agreed to give half their salary back so that the women can make more than them.

The night also saw men showing up in black tuxedos and wearing pins in support of the Time’s Up movement.

While movies like ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and shows like ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ won big, movies like ‘Get Out’ and ‘Dunkirk’ went home empty handed.

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